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European Cup: Stade Rochelais sunk by Leinster

2023-12-10T17:38:26.193Z

Highlights: European Cup: Stade Rochelais sunk by Leinster. In a match choppy by rain, the reigning European champions, despite being at home, suffered the superiority of Ireland (9-16). The. most beautiful match of the first day of the European Rugby Cup, a remake of last year's Dantesque final and the previous one. The Maritimes were weighed down by their indiscipline and struggled to develop their game against a rough Irish defence. La Rochelle opened the scoring after three minutes, thanks to a penalty from Antoine Hastoy (3′), they were then feverish, making a number of mistakes.


In a match choppy by rain, the reigning European champions, despite being at home, suffered the superiority of Ireland (9-16). The


In the most beautiful match of the first day of the European Rugby Cup, a remake of last year's Dantesque final and the previous one, the Stade Rochelais sank at home against Leinster (9-16), this Sunday. In pouring rain, the Maritimes were weighed down by their indiscipline and struggled to develop their game against a rough Irish defence.

The first half, made very complicated by the conditions, set the tone. Although La Rochelle opened the scoring after three minutes, thanks to a penalty from Antoine Hastoy (3′), they were then feverish, making a number of mistakes. Until he was punished with a yellow card, for Jonathan Danty (12′), then conceded a try in the process, by Jordan Larmour. Coldly realistic, imposing a physical fight and taking advantage of the Maritimes' seven mistakes, the Irish then managed to take the lead at the break (6-10).

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It was converted by Harry Byrne, the Irish went ahead (3-7).

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Back from the locker room, La Rochelle tried to turn the tide, getting close to the line for a long time. But they could only get a penalty, converted by Hastoy (9-10, 52'). A short-lived close-up, as another foul by Yoan Tanga, in front of the posts, gave an easy ammunition to Ciaran Frawley (9-13, 60′).

The latest forays by the French club, who remained determined until the end, were not enough: Leinster, who completed their victory with a 60m penalty from the same Frawley, took their revenge seven months later.

While this defeat at home is obviously damaging from an accounting point of view, it does not in any way jeopardize the La Rochelle title defence. In their six-team pool, which also includes Stade Francais, who were beaten 28-5 at Sale earlier on Sunday, they only need to finish in one of the top four places to see the knockout stages. On the next matchday, the Maritimes will travel to the Stormers in Cape Town, South Africa.

Source: leparis

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